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Source Image: PR500_02_04 of Orvieto Cathedral

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Description

Detail of an unfinished figure on Panel 3.

Monument
Orvieto Cathedral 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
Undefined white marble (Visual identification)  
Date
ad 1290 - ad 1591 
Keywords
FigureFoliage  
Collections
Orvieto  

Location

Original Location
Orvieto 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Medium
Description
The top of the lower block has been roughed-out with a point chisel. It was left this way to help fit the figures together. The carving was never done in place suggesting a lack of time or money.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Sculptor's Pick
Method
Angle: Vertical (90°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The sculptor's pick is visible across the body of the figure.

2. - Block joint

Process
Placement
Description
The surviving marks on the blocks and the lack of finish in the area of the joint suggest that the blocks were roughed-out to different levels before being put in place.

2. - Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Roundel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The marks of the roundel are visible on the foliage.

Notes

In this case it seems that the the top of the lower block was left rough to avoid problems of fitting the figure together in two parts. That it was left unfinished suggests that either money or time ran out. A detail of the block joint is available (PR500_02_05).

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